Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Monday, 11 June 18:
1. 2 Kings 9:1 – “Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets….” God used unnamed believers to do very important work. You don’t have to be “important” to do important things. God only needs a faithful follower who obeys implicitly.
2. 2 Kings 9:7 – “And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord.” God never forgets evil deeds done against Him and His people.
3. 2 Kings 9:11 – “Why did this mad fellow come to you?” Notice the reputation God’s ministers often have.
4. 2 Kings 9:13-15 — “Then in haste every man of them took his garment and put it under him on the bare steps, and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, ‘Jehu is king.’”
– People are often ready for change but just need a bold leader to step up.
– The servants understood what God proclaimed through His prophets was sure to happen. They did not hesitate to respond.
5. 2 Kings 9:22 — “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?” Peace is found in submission and obedience to God. There can be no real peace apart from Jesus Christ.
6. 2 Kings 9:23 — “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?” True peace can only come through right relationship with God. Comprise in obedience to keep the peace with the ungodly can only lead to more turmoil and destruction.
7. 2 Kings 9:26 – “As surely as I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons—declares the Lord….” God remembers and fulfills His word of judgment.
8. 2 Kings 9:32; 10:4, 7 — “Who is on my side? Who?” People have a tendency to change loyalties quickly.
9. 2 Kings 10:27 — “And they demolished the pillar of Baal, and demolished the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day.” God’s people show no respect for false religions and offer no compromise.
10. 2 Kings 20:30 — “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” Generations are blessed by the faithful father.
11. 2 Kings 20:31 — “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart.” Once again, partial obedience is disobedience and reveals a heart that does not truly honor God as Sovereign LORD. Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, usurping God’s authority for selfish reasons.
12. 2 Kings 10:31 — “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin.” Jehu displayed incredible zeal for the Lord, but sin had become so institutionalized and such a tradition for the people that he could not escape it all. How much and how deeply has sin infested our customs, courtesies, traditions, habits, practices and way of life, even within the church? How much zeal is required to purify ourselves?
13. Proverbs 11:4 – “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” Prosperity is ultimately meaningless when prosperity is not dedicated to God’s purposes and God’s glory. All that you do must be selflessly dedicated to God.
14. Proverbs 11:20 — “Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.” God judges the heart.
15. Proverbs 11:22 – “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” Indiscretion is unattractive.
16. 2 Corinthians 12:6 — “I refrain from [boasting], so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.” What you have done in the past matters little compared with what you are now. If you are what you should be, you won’t have to boast – what you are will be self-evident. Margaret Thatcher once said, “Being powerful is like being a lady; if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
17. 2 Corinthians 12:8, 9 — “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” Paul continued to pray for what he wanted until he got a clear answer from God. When God did not give Him what he wanted, he accepted it as best.
18. 2 Corinthians 12:10 — “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Do you have this sort of contentment and believe that God is giving you what is best for you?
19. 2 Corinthians 12:14 — “I seek not what is yours but you.” Paul wanted nothing from people other than to see them saved. Those who do good deeds for personal gain or recognition should be ashamed.
20. 2 Corinthians 12:14 — “For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” Many families have gotten this wrong.
21. 2 Corinthians 12:20-21 — “For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find… quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. I fear that when I come again… I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.” From quarreling to sexual immorality, these are the signs of an ungodly people. Do you see any of these unacceptable behaviors in the Christians you know? Paul admonished fellow Christians for such behavior. Do you?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 11 June: Do not boast. Lest your behavior speak for itself. (2 Corinthians 12:6)